Richard Halsall
Advocate and co-founder


+44 1624 614422

Richard is a founding director. He started his career with a large Isle of Man firm in 1991 and was called to the Manx (Isle of Man) Bar in 1995. A former partner in an Isle of Man general legal practice, he set up his own firm in 2002 and merged this practice with Andrew Bridson in 2006.

In 2017, Richard was ranked by Chambers, which ranks the highest-rated lawyers and law firms. who remarked that he “handles himself and the case very well”. He was formerly an associate at 4-5 Grays Inn Square London. Richard is experienced in litigation at all levels of the Manx courts from the Privy Council, Staff of Government Division (the Appeal Division), the High Court, Court of General Gaol Delivery, Summary Courts, Coroners Inquests to Tribunals in areas as diverse as share purchase agreements, estate disputes, matrimonial law, employment, health and safety, work permits and public enquiries. He has recently acted for successful claimants and respondents in unfair dismissal claims.

For the last 10 years, his practice has focused on commercial and international cross-border litigation including large Trust disputes. He has advised trustees and beneficiaries on various issues relating to their rights and obligations. He has also dealt with a number of doleance claims (Manx Judicial review).

Richard is former Treasurer for the Isle of Man Law Society and has sat on several committees of the Isle of Man Law Society including the Legislation and Education committees. He is a Notary Public. He has been involved in various successful mediations.

In his spare time, Richard is a Director of the Isle of Man Taekwondo Association which has involved him in various areas of international sports law including advising world number 1 ranked Olympic Taekwondo player, Aaron Cook. Richard is a 5th dan black belt and is an instructor with a local not-for-profit club. He is a Council member of the European Taekwondo Union, the European federation for the Olympic sport.

Career highlights
  • acting for members of the Depositors Action Group in respect of Kaupthing and for Credit Suisse in the Navigator litigation
  • acting in respect of the largest foreign confiscation case ever conducted by the United States Government, representing beneficiaries of the associated Trusts (led by Hodge Malek QC). This involved defending restraint and confiscation proceedings under the Criminal Justice Act and a separate $450m civil claim brought by Liquidating Trustees on behalf of investors. The latter action covered areas of law involving issues of serious white collar fraud, money laundering, insider dealing and constructive trust
  • advising members of the Manx Farmers Union in matters relating to farming for several years
  • acting for accountants and lawyers charged with serious offences
  • representing clients in respect of offences including white collar crime, money laundering offences, health and safety, manslaughter and murder
  • in June 2016 he successfully defended a civil engineering company principal contractor in section 3(1) Health and safety prosecution relating to a fatal accident. He acted as lead counsel in the 2 week jury trial in which his client was found not guilty despite it being a strict liability offence with a reverse burden of proof
  • he represented a money laundering reporting officer for a major institution in interviews on suspicion of various Proceeds of Crime Act offences, including failure to disclose and facilitation of an arrangement. His client was not charged
  • he has successfully defended a manslaughter by gross negligence prosecution
  • he acted in relation to the defence/appeal of a lawyer prosecuted for money laundering whose initial conviction was eventually overturned by Privy Council. He has dealt with various hearings at the Advocates Disciplinary Tribunal and recently an appeal heard by three Deemsters on behalf of the Governor. He has advised other professionals including medical professionals
  • he has been engaged in various sensitive international cases including extradition proceedings and serious fraud matters.


BridsonHalsall Advocates
20 Athol Street
Isle of Man
Telephone: +44 1624 614422